WORLD CHAMPIONS: England win record-breaking fifth World Cup of Darts

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England’s darting dream team, Luke Humphries and Michael Smith, have smashed their way to a record-breaking fifth World Cup of Darts title this week, their first since 2016, with a stunning 10-6 victory over Austria.

In his World Cup debut, Luke Humphries teamed up with 2023 world champ Michael Smith to bring England its first World Cup glory in eight years.

These lads join the legendary ranks of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, the only other players to have lifted the title for England since 2010.

In Germany at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Humphries and Smith dominated the competition. A buzzing Humphries told Sky Sports:

“I felt the biggest rush since winning the Worlds. We really wanted this. We believed we could win it, and after that first game, we clicked.”

“It’s like having a cheat code – world number one and number three against the field. After that first game, we focused on ourselves. We knew if we played our best, we’d do it, and we did.”

Smith heaped praise on his partner, especially for his performance in the final. “How good was this man in the final? He nailed everything. My [double] tops were off, and every shot I left him, bang, bang, bang… thank you, mate, you’ve just won me the gold medal.”

The English pair stormed ahead with a 5-1 lead over 2021 runners-up Rowby-John Rodriguez and Mensur Suljovic. Humphries dazzled with a 151 checkout in the sixth leg and a 121 in the next, but Austria clawed back to 6-4.

A crucial 180 from Humphries set up Smith for a double 15, followed by finishes of 130 and 112 from Humphries, edging England closer to victory. Suljovic’s 98 checkout kept Austria in it, but Smith sealed the deal with a double eight.

2010 World Cup finalist for Wales, Mark Webster, said: “No one has come within four legs of England, they’ve been dominant. They were tested in the final but had all the answers, including big finishes from Luke Humphries. They functioned as a team throughout. Heavy favourites and they lived up to it. Deserved champions.”

This win marks a new era for English darts, with Humphries and Smith proving to be a powerhouse team. Smith summed it up: “I just hope we get to come back next year and defend it together as champions.”

World Cup of Darts – Results

England8-4Northern Ireland
FinalEngland (WINNERS)10-6Austria

By James King


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